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Code
WD175
Cao points
226 - 625
Level
7
Campus
Cork Road
Duration
3 years
Credits
180 ECTS
Study Abroad
Yes
International Applications
Accepted
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What is Pharmaceutical Science?

People in Ireland are living longer, healthier and more active lives, partly due to medical progress, and partly due to advancements in pharmaceutical science. Not only is pharmaceutical science critical to the health of the nation, it also plays a key role in the Irish economy. Ireland is one of the key locations for the pharmaceutical industry in Europe, and the Irish pharmaceutical industry has become one of the largest exporters of pharmaceuticals in the world.  Over 150 pharmaceutical companies operate have plants in Ireland, including 9 of the world’s top 10 companies. This has created a strong demand for graduates qualified in pharmaceutical science, and employment prospects are excellent.

What is the BSc in Pharmaceutical Science Course?

  • The BSc in Pharmaceutical Science course is a full time, three year degree that qualifies graduates for employment in the pharmaceutical/biopharmaceutical industries and related sectors.
  • The course enables graduates to obtain a worthwhile qualification after three years of study.
  • Students will study a broad range of scientific subjects that are important for the discovery, development and manufacture of drugs and therapies.
  • A strong emphasis is placed on practical work in the laboratory, where students will get hands-on experience of using a wide range of techniques and instrumentation.
  • A research project is included in the final year, allowing the student to work independently in an area of interest to them, developing their research and problem-solving skills.
  • The programme allows a more flexible progression to further qualifications such as transfer to the fourth year of a related honours degree at WIT or elsewhere.

Pharmaceutical Science at WIT

Students are exposed to a wide range of state-of-the-art instrumentation and equipment at WIT and learn from researchers actively involved in cutting edge areas such as separation science, pharmaceutical drug delivery, biotechnology and environmental science.

Research at WIT

WIT lecturing staff teaching on this course are actively involved in a range of highly successful and well-funded research work related to pharmaceutical science. Collaborators include national and international universities and research institutes, and industrial partners from the pharmaceutical/biopharmaceutical sector both in Ireland and abroad. Current research areas include: development of novel polymers for therapeutic drug delivery, biomedical research in eye treatment, novel analytical methods for pharmaceutical products, sensing devices for environmental analysis, biotechnology for drug synthesis and bioremediation.

Year 1
Semester 1Semester 2
Introductory BiologyCell Biology & Biochemistry
Introductory ChemistryPhysical & Organic Chemistry
Introductory PhysicsPhysics for Scientists
Introductory MathematicsMathematics for Scientists
Introduction to ICT for ScientistsIntroduction to Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Science
Good Laboratory Practice & Core Skills Choose one of the following electives:
*Science & Society
*Forensic Science
Year 2
Semester 3Semester 4
Organic Chemistry and BiomoleculesPharmaceutical Organic Chemistry
Spectroscopic TechniquesChromatographic and Electrophoretic Techniques
Physical ChemistryInorganic Chemistry
Statistics for ScientistsEnvironmental Monitoring
Pharmaceutical ScienceBiopharmaceutical Science
Laboratory Data Analysis and PresentationApplied Mathematics for Scientists
Year 3
Semester 5Semester 6
Total Quality ManagementAdvanced Spectroscopic Analysis of Organic Compounds
Chromatographic Method Development and ValidationSensors and Electroanalysis
Pharmaceutical BiotechnologyResearch Project
Pharmaceuticals and Natural ProductsLaboratory Data Modelling
Industrial Processing and Operations Inorganic and Structural Chemistry
Introduction to Research MethodsPhysical Chemistry of Materials

Leaving Cert: Minimum entry requirements for BSc in Pharmaceutical Science 

5 subjects: O6/H7
English or Irish: O6/H7
Mathematics: O6/H7

Advanced and Equivalent Entry for BSc in Pharmaceutical Science:

Entry Recommendation for BSc in Pharmaceutical Science graduates:

Applicants should note that a science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physics with Chemistry or Agricultural Science) at Leaving Certificate is recommended for this programme.

Career Opportunities for BSc in Pharmaceutical Science graduates

Pharmaceutical scientists design and develop new drugs and therapies, and devise cleaner, more efficient industrial processes to manufacture them. There is a strong demand for graduates qualified in pharmaceutical science and employment prospects are excellent. Graduates have found widespread employment in the large number of pharmaceutical industries in the southeast and beyond.

The main career opportunities are in the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical and related industries in areas such as:

  • Laboratory analysis
  • Quality control and quality assurance
  • Research and development
  • Environmental analysis
  • Food & drinks industries


Follow on study for BSc in Pharmaceutical Science graduates 

WD147 - BSc (Hons) in Pharmaceutical Science subject to application and/or interview.

Subsequent transfer to postgraduate courses at masters and PhD level.

Video: An International Perspective on Pharmaceutical Science at WIT

International Students Studying Pharmaceutical Science

This programme attracts many international students from around the world each year. There are many supports in place and students will be given lots of guidance from our very experienced staff in the Waterford Institute of Technology International Office. To find an international perspective to the course and Department of Science have a look at our video.

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Certificate in Food Safety and Analytical Microbiology

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L7 Plant Protection [ Module ] (5 Credits)

Certificate in Advanced Drug Formulation Science

Certificate in Advanced Drug Formulation Science

L7 Certificate in Garden Management and Plant Selection (10 Credits)

L7 Certificate in Garden Management and Plant Selection (10 Credits)

L7 Certificate in Nursery Stock Production, Botanic Gardens Dublin (10 Credits)

L7 Certificate in Nursery Stock Production, Botanic Gardens Dublin (10 Credits)

L7 Certificate in Sportsturf Science, Kildalton College (10 Credits)

L7 Certificate in Sportsturf Science, Kildalton College (10 Credits)

L7 Certificate in Sustainable Food Production, Kildalton College or Botanic Gardens Dublin(10 Credits)

L7 Certificate in Sustainable Food Production, Kildalton College or Botanic Gardens Dublin(10 Credits)

L7 Certificate in Landscape Design (10 Credits)

L7 Certificate in Landscape Design (10 Credits)

Bachelor of Science (Hons) (Common Entry)

Bachelor of Science (Hons) (Common Entry)

Certificate in Advanced Analytical Techniques

Certificate in Advanced Analytical Techniques

Certificate in Pharmaceutical Technology

Certificate in Pharmaceutical Technology

Certificate in Biopharmaceutical Analysis and Cell Culture

Certificate in Biopharmaceutical Analysis and Cell Culture

L6 Certificate in Introduction to Dairy Science (10 Credits)

L6 Certificate in Introduction to Dairy Science (10 Credits)

Certificate In International Regulatory Affairs

Certificate In International Regulatory Affairs

Certificate in Statistics and Data Analysis

Certificate in Statistics and Data Analysis

Certificate in Strategic Quality Management

Certificate in Strategic Quality Management

Certificate in Advanced Spectroscopic Techniques

Certificate in Advanced Spectroscopic Techniques

Certificate in Advanced Chromatographic Techniques

Certificate in Advanced Chromatographic Techniques

Certificate in Advanced Materials Characterisation

Certificate in Advanced Materials Characterisation

L6 Higher Cert in Science in Good Manufacturing Practice & Technology (120 Credits)

L6 Higher Cert in Science in Good Manufacturing Practice & Technology (120 Credits)

L7 BSc in Good Manufacturing Practice and Technology (60 Credits)

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Postgrad Diploma / MSc in Analytical Science with Quality Management

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